Frequently Asked Questions

Does Acupuncture hurt?

Acupuncture needles are very thin, (much thinner that syringe needles) and deliver the slightest sensation as they enter the skin. A lot of people never feel the pinprick at all. The sensation you get after insertion (called “qi sensation”), which may feel like pressure, heaviness, tingling, or distention at the point or in a distal area, is an important part of acupuncture therapy.  All needles are sterile and disposable and all treatments are done with Clean Needle Technique (CNT). 

What is a typical treatment like?

Every individual has a different constitution and different health concerns so the treatment will be different for each person. However, a typical treatment consists of a patient relaxing with needles in on the treatment table for 15-20min while engaged in slow, deep breathing.
Please abstain from drinking caffeine or alcohol a few hours before your treatment as it may interfere with the treatment’s effects. Also, please have something light to eat a few hours before and be well hydrated so as not to experience any dizziness during or after your visit.
Your body will be adjusting to the effects of a treatment over a period of a few hours to a few days. Please pay close attention to yourself during that time and respect your body by drinking enough water, eating healthy, and getting plenty of rest.

How long are the treatments?

The first visit will last anywhere between 60 to 90 minutes. It will consist of a in depth medical interview, diagnostic procedures such as looking at the tongue and feeling the pulse, and the treatment which will include acupuncture, shiatsu, gua sha, cupping, or moxa.  Follow-up visit will typically last 40 to 60 minutes and consist of diagnostic procedures, a short discussion of symptoms, and the treatment itself.

How many treatments do I need to have?

That depends on the nature of the condition and the response of the patient to treatment – acute conditions require less treatments and chronic conditions need more. An average course of treatment consists of 10-12 visits and it is recommended to come 3-4 times a week, at least initially.
It is important to remember that acupuncture is preventative medicine and can be used to maintain health and prevent disease. Just because you are not experiencing any overt symptoms does not mean you should not get acupuncture. In cases where your health is strong and balanced you may want to get acupuncture treatments during change of seasons or at other times when your health may be compromised by overwork, too much stress, not enough sleep, etc.

Does insurance cover acupuncture?

Many insurance plans cover acupuncture services. We will be happy to verify whether you have coverage and we can bill the insurance company directly. However, we are an out-of-network provider, which means that we will only be able to take those insurance plans that have out-of-network acupuncture benefits. Medicaid and Medicare do not cover acupuncture services.